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Exercise may reduce stroke severity - study

Exercise may reduce stroke severity - study
21st October 2008

People who are physically active before having a stroke may have an improved prognosis than those who were not active, a new US study suggests.

The top 25 per cent of people who did the most exercise were found to be two-and-a-half times more likely to experience a less severe stroke compared to those in the bottom quarter in terms of exercise, according to the study published in the Neurology journal.

Furthermore, it was found that the most physically active individuals presented a better chance of achieving a long-term recovery.

Study author Lars-Henrik Krarup, of the Bispebjerg University Hospital in Copenhagen, pointed out that exercise is one stroke risk factor which can be controlled.

He continued: "Staying fit doesn't have to be a scheduled regimen. For the people in this study, exercise included light housework, taking a walk outside, lawn care, gardening or participating in a sport."

A separate study recently suggested that regular exercise could reverse the brain declines associated with older age or Alzheimer's disease.

The findings published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine appear to indicate that anaerobic exercise might actually increase the size of brain tissue.

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